Monday, February 9, 2009

Omnibus Amendments to Hazardous Waste Rules in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing a number of revisions to the State hazardous waste rules. The revisions relate to a number of different aspects of hazardous waste rules and are being proposed in a single “2009 Hazardous Waste Omnibus Rulemaking”.

The revisions being proposed include:

  • Amendments to Land Disposal Restrictions (LDR) requiring macroencapsulation as treatment standard for certain contaminated mixed wastes, rather than retorting;
  • Technical revisions to Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) for Hazardous Waste Combustors;
  • Revision to rules related to identification and listing of hazardous waste, including Recycled Used Oil Management Standards;
  • Instituting National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Surface Coating of Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks ;
  • Conditionally lists new K181 waste stream for non-wastewaters from production of dyes, pigments, and food, drug and cosmetic colorants;
  • Modifies the hazardous waste manifest system;
  • Amends testing and monitoring activities allowing for analytical methods other than SW-846 to be used under RCRA and CAA
  • Expands Universal Waste listing for mercury-containing equipment to include mercury-containing barometers, manometers, switches and other equipment;
  • Revises Wastewater Treatment Exemptions for Hazardous Waste Mixtures (“Headworks exemptions”);
  • Shifts regulation of HAPs from Hazardous Waste Combustors to CAA authorities.;
  • Reduces certifications, monitoring, and reporting under RCRA, including reduction of tank inspection frequency; option for TSDs of following the integrated contingency plan guidance; and option for TSDs to follow either RCRA or OSHA standards for emergency response training; and
  • Modifies the Hazardous Waste Program to exempt used, intact CRTs from the definition of solid waste, and conditionally excludes used, broken CRTs and glass removed from CRTs from the definition of solid waste.

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